Led Zeppelin North American Tour Spring 1969

infobox concert tour
concert_tour_name = North America Spring 1969

Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at the Fillmore West, used to help promote its Spring 1969 North American tour
artist = Led Zeppelin
type = Concert
locations = North America
start_date = April 18, 1969
end_date = June 1, 1969
number_of_legs = 1
number_of_shows = 25
last_tour = United Kingdom & Scandinavia 1969
this_tour = North America Spring 1969
next_tour = United Kingdom Summer 1969

Led Zeppelin's Spring 1969 North American Tour was the second concert tour of North America by the English rock band. The tour commenced on April 18 and concluded on May 31, 1969.

By this point in time, Led Zeppelin's skyrocketing popularity was such that the group had reached top billing, sharing that honour for some of their gigs with established acts such as Julie Driscoll, Delaney & Bonnie and Three Dog Night.Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) "Led Zeppelin: The Concert File", London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 24.] The band was also one of the first groups to be a single act without any opening group for some of their performances.Luis Rey (1997) "Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes", Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press, p. 38.] However, for the band's concert at Columbia, Maryland, on May 25, manager Peter Grant agreed for Led Zeppelin to receive second billing in support of The Who. This was the only time that these two English bands ever performed on the same bill. [ [http://ledzeppelin.com/show/may-25-1969 Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary] ]

During this tour the band took time out at various recording studios to record tracks for their forthcoming album, "Led Zeppelin II". Many of the tracks were later mixed down by Eddie Kramer at A&R Studios, New York. [ [http://www.iem.ac.ru/zeppelin/docs/Discography.html#ledzep1 Led Zeppelin Discography ] ]

It was during this period that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page switched from using his Telecaster to his signature Gibson Les Paul, whilst also incorporating the use of Marshall amplifiers.

Tour set list

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

#"Train Kept A-Rollin' " (Bradshaw, Kay, Mann)
#"I Can't Quit You Baby" (Dixon)
#"As Long As I Have You" (Mimms)
#"Dazed and Confused" (Page)
#"You Shook Me" (Dixon, Lenoir)
#"How Many More Times" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
#"Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
#"White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
#"Killing Floor" (Wolf)
#"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Bredon, Page, Plant)
#"Pat's Delight" (Bonham)
#"Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.

Tour dates

*24/04/1969 flagicon|United States Fillmore West - San Francisco, CA
*25/04/1969 flagicon|United States Winterland Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
*26/04/1969 flagicon|United States Winterland Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
*27/04/1969 flagicon|United States Fillmore West - San Francisco, CA
*01/05/1969 flagicon|United States Crawford Hall - UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
*02/05/1969 flagicon|United States Rose Palace - Pasadena, CA
*03/05/1969 flagicon|United States Rose Palace - Pasadena, CA
*04/05/1969 flagicon|United States Santa Monica Civic Center - Santa Monica, CA
*05/05/1969 flagicon|United States Santa Monica Civic Center - Santa Monica, CA
*09/05/1969 flagicon|Canada Edmonton Gardens - Edmonton, AB
*10/05/1969 flagicon|Canada Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
*11/05/1969 flagicon|United States Green Lake Aqua Theater - Seattle, WA
*13/05/1969 flagicon|United States Civic Auditorium - Honolulu, HI
*16/05/1969 flagicon|United States Grande Ballroom - Detroit, MI (two shows)
*17/05/1969 flagicon|United States Ohio University - Athens, OH
*18/05/1969 flagicon|United States Guthrie Theater - Minneapolis, MN
*23/05/1969 flagicon|United States Northern California Folk-Rock Festival - Santa Clara County Fairgrounds - San Jose, CA
*24/05/1969 flagicon|United States Kinetic Playground - Chicago, IL
*25/05/1969 flagicon|United States Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
*27/05/1969 flagicon|United States Boston Tea Party - Boston, MA
*28/05/1969 flagicon|United States Boston Tea Party - Boston, MA
*29/05/1969 flagicon|United States Boston Tea Party - Boston, MA
*30/05/1969 flagicon|United States Fillmore East - New York, NY
*31/05/1969 flagicon|United States Fillmore East - New York, NY

External links

* [http://www.ledzeppelin.com/timelinebrowse Comprehensive archive of known concert appearances by Led Zeppelin (official website)]
* [http://www.bootledz.com/setlists.htm Led Zeppelin concert setlists]

References

ources

*Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) "Led Zeppelin: The Concert File", London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.

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